EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN CYCLADIC ISLANDS

The Past in the Present

How can the ancient past become a creative source of inspiration today? How can we connect it with the living traditions of a place, and with modern forms of communication and artistic expression?

Introduction

How can the ancient past become a creative source of inspiration today? How can we connect it with the living traditions of a place, and with modern forms of communication and artistic expression?


These are the main questions explored in the educational program organized by the MCA at the Cycladic islands, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Working in collaboration with island-based institutions, the MCA seeks to promote new ways of perceiving the past, which move beyond the uncritical admiration for anything ancient, and try to identify diachronic features that allow for more intimate and creative links between the past and the present. Such features include the unchanging landscape of the islands, their natural resources and how people exploited them through time, the sea as a constant source of wealth and route of communication, the patterns of habitation, everyday activities  etc.

These features form part of both the history and the living experience of the islands. Therefore, by studying them, we can appreciate better the advantages and the restraints of the Cycladic environment, and find common elements in the ways humans responded to natural challenges and changing social conditions. Through this process, even the most remote past, the faintest memories, and even forgotten practices can come alive, providing inspiration for modern people and artists – now matter whether they use traditional or innovative media of expression.

In 2015-16, the project focused on the islands of Syros and Tinos. Our principal goal was to involve as many educational and cultural institutions of the islands as possible, in order to build an island-based web of collaborations that will continue to operate in the future.

Shools

In collaboration with the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education in the Cyclades, the MCA organizes animation and comics workshops for schools. The seminars aim at promoting new ways of viewing the past through the use of modern media of visual communication and artistic expression. The participants learn how to use these new techniques and, then, are asked to create short movies or storyboards, taking ancient personas as their ‘characters’ and bringing them to modern conditions. In that way, they get familiar with objects and practices of the past, while learning how to develop a narration with modern media, in a creative and enjoyable way.

A. Organized seminars for schools teachers

Animation seminar
“From moment to time”

Tinos (Cultural Foundation of Tinos)
27-28 January 2016

Syros (University of the Aegean)
27-28 February 2016


B. Movies produced by participants in the seminar


C. Animation movies produced by school pupils


A. Organized seminars for schools teachers





B. Comics seminar “Writing with images”
| Tinos (1st Primary School)
4-5 March 2016

| Syros
Hermoupolis Kids’ Library
9-10 March 2016







University

In the framework of this project, the Syros-based Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean, organized a series of seminars focusing on the subject “Antiquity as a creative source of inspiration”.

The seminars focused on the following subjects:

A. Product design
Teaching
V. Papakostopoulos, D. Papadopoulos, Chr. Skouloudi, E. Skourboutis, S. Fotiadis

Inspired by ancient myths, historical events, everyday activities of the past and even ancient proverbs, the students attempted to produce functional objects that transformed the initial concept into a language of communication.


B. Interactive systems design
Teaching
S. Vosinakis, P. Koutsabasis
P. Kyriakoulakos, M Stavrakis

Using modern interactive technologies, the students developed systems that are meant to improve the visiting experience in archaeological sites, museums etc.


C. Colour & Drawing
Teaching
F. Oikonomidou, E. Charalambous

Inspired by such subjects as “ancient vases”, “mythological creatures”, “ancient and modern monsters”, “ancient statues”, “modern perception of ancient Greek art”, the students tried to express themselves in an unconstrained manner, using the techniques of 3D product creation, free drawing, animation, and digital printing.


D. History of Art + History of Design
Teaching
I. Leontakianakou

A theoretical seminar introducing students to modern perceptions of the remote past and understandings of Greek antiquity.

Public Events

A. Animation workshops for people with disabilities

In collaboration with Animasyros International Festival + Agora
Syros (Apollo Theatre), 9 March 2016


B. Animation workshops for school kids
In collaboration with Animasyros International Festival + Agora
Tinos (Cultural Foundation of Tinos), 21 July 2016


C. Comics workshops for school kids
In collaboration with Animasyros International Festival + Agora
Syros (Apollo Theatre), 10 March 2016


D. “The marble in the past and today”
Open workshops of ancient marble working techniques for schools and the public
In collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation
Tinos (Museum of Marble Crafts), 21-22 October 2016

Donations

For the needs of the programme “The past in the present”, the MCA made various donations of educational and cultural institutions of the islands

A. Museum kit “Cycladic culture”
The museum kit was donated to major institutions of Syros, Tinos, Paros and Naxos, for use by local schools and cultural organizations


B. Animation tool-kit
A set of camera, tripod and other movie shooting implements was donated to schools of Syros and Tinos which had participated in the animation seminars organized by the MCA and wished to produce animated movies in the classroom.


C. Publications
Full sets of MCA publications were donated to school and cultural institutions at Syros, Tinos and Paros

Sponsors

Collaborating Institutions & Participants

Principal Participants

Nikolas Papadimitriou
Curator of Antiquities
Museum of Cycladic Art

Project co-ordinator


Marina Plati
Head of the Department of Educational Programs
Museum of Cycladic Art

Design and organization of educational activities


Eleni Markou
Head of the Department of Educational Programs
Museum of Cycladic Art

Design and organization of educational activities


Chryssana Diamanti
Responsible for School Activities Directorate of Primary Education in the Cyclades

Co-ordination of education programs for Primary schools


Maroussa Spartinou
Responsible for School Activities
Directorate of Secondary Education in the Cyclades

Co-ordination of education programs for Secondary schools


Irene Leontakianakou
Lecturer in Art History
Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean

Co-ordination of activities at Syros


Markos Vidalis
Cultural Foundation of Tinos
Co-ordination of activities at Tinos


Praxitelis Tzanoulinos
Consultant on activities at Tinos